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In Memory of Heather Reid/Chili's Drives


July 24, 2013


Series of Blood Drives to Honor the Memory of Asheville Woman


Community members can honor the life of Asheville woman Heather Reid by giving the Gift of Life. Nine American Red Cross blood drives will be held in memory of Reid August 5 - 9, 2013. All presenting blood donors will receive a FREE American Red Cross T-shirt and a Chili’s coupon.


The drives come at one of the most challenging times of the year for blood donations.  Vacations and sunny weather can keep many donors away from blood drives, yet countless numbers of patients depend on blood every day for survival. Busy summer schedules mean that blood collections often drop significantly, leaving the blood supply vulnerable to a shortage that could affect local patients.


In June 2008, Heather Reid lost her courageous fight with cancer. During her illness, she received multiple blood products. While pregnant with daughter Kylie, Heather underwent chemotherapy, which suppressed Kylie’s bone marrow. Kylie was born six weeks early and also received multiple blood and platelet products. Kylie is now a healthy five year old girl.


“We want to honor Heather and give back to the community at the same time, because doing for others is exactly what she did,” said Heather’s husband Jim Reid. “Even if people didn’t know her, it’s important to understand how critical blood products were to prolong Heather’s life and allow Kylie a chance to survive,” said Reid. “You never know when you or your family member will need blood like they did, and you can’t just assume the blood will be there.”


The blood drives are scheduled for:



Chili’s Grill & Bar-Whitehall Commons

8164 South Tryon Street

Charlotte, NC 28273

1:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Appointments: 704-583-5490


Sponsor Code: chilis


Chili’s Grill & Bar-Boone

1934 Blowing Rock Road

Boone, NC 28607

1:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Appointments: 828-266-9626


Sponsor Code: Chili’s of Boone



Chili’s Grill & Bar-Forest City

128 Sparks Crossing

Forest City, NC 28403

1:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Appointments: 828-286-0008                   


Sponsor Code: chilis          


Chili’s Grill & Bar-Hickory

2181 US Highway 70 SE

Hickory, NC 28602

2:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Appointments: 828-328-8447


Sponsor Code: Chili’s



Chili’s Grill & Bar-Gastonia

3086 East Franklin Boulevard

Gastonia, NC 28056

1:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Appointments: 704-867-0276


Sponsor Code: chilis


Chili’s Grill & Bar-Southridge

420 Airport Road

Arden, NC 28704

1:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Appointments: 828-684-5067


Sponsor Code: chilis



Chili’s Grill & Bar-Asheville

253 Tunnel Road

Asheville, NC 28805

Noon - 5:00 p.m.

Appointments: 828-252-4999


Sponsor Code: chilis


First United Methodist Church-Waynesville

566 South Haywood Street

Waynesville, NC 28786

1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Appointments: 828-734-6616


Sponsor Code: chilis


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Chili’s Grill & Bar-Monroe

2861 West Highway 74

Monroe, NC 28110
12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Appointments: 704-225-8499


Sponsor Code: chilis


The Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region provides blood to 103 hospitals and must have 1,600 people give blood and platelets each weekday to meet patient needs. Accident victims as well as patients with cancer, sickle cell disease, blood disorders and other illnesses receive lifesaving transfusions every day. There is no substitute for blood and volunteer donors are the only source.


Blood can be safely donated every 56 days. Most healthy people age 17 and older, or 16 with parental consent, who weigh at least 110 pounds, are eligible to donate blood. Donors who are 18 and younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements.


For more information or to schedule an appointment to donate, please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit and enter the sponsor code for that location.